Ray Feldmann(410)974-2316TDD: (410)333-3098
ROCKVILLE, MD (December 4, 1997) -- Maryland has been awarded a $17.6 million grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund a new drinking water revolving loan program that will help public water systems finance the cost of infrastructure needed to comply with the 1996 Safe Drinking Water Act.
Maryland is the second state in the nation, and the first in the region to receive funding under this federal program.
"Providing safe drinking water for Maryland's families is one of my top priorities," said Governor Parris N. Glendening. "Thanks to our Congressional leadership, these funds will be used in a way that will strike a balance between providing technical assistance to protect surface and groundwater supplies, and providing low cost loans to water suppliers to ensure that our drinking water meets all public health standards."
The new drinking water law allows EPA to award capitalization grants to states, which in turn can provide low cost loans and other types of assistance to eligible systems. Maryland will use its revolving fund grant for new construction, renovations, and to ensure technical, financial and managerial integrity of water supply systems. Activities permitted under the current grant include development of state prevention programs, source water protection and operator certification.
"Pure and healthy drinking water is the highest priority for all Marylanders. This grant represents a major investment to protect drinking water sources -- rivers and wells -- so citizens of Maryland can be assured of safe drinking water," said EPA Administrator Carol Browner.
The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has already identified six drinking water systems that will benefit from state/federal assistance. Loans from Maryland's Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund will allow three of these systems to attain compliance with federal law requirements. The identified systems are:
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